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Choosing your Pre-sessional course

Find out about the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses we offer, entry requirements and how to apply.

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Develop your English, academic skills and intercultural competency

The University of Bath is offering both in-person and online PSE courses in 2022.

You need to hold an offer for your main degree programme before you apply for a PSE course.

Which course you apply for depends on the English language requirement for your degree programme and whether you want to study in-person on our campus or online from your home country.

Before you apply for a PSE course in 2022, you will need to check if you are eligible for:

  • a combined offer - this is only available as an in-person course on our campus or
  • a standalone offer - this is available as an in-person course on our campus, or you can choose to study online in your home country.

Combined offer

A combined offer means your PSE course is combined with your degree programme.

If you have a combined offer you will study in-person on our campus.

You may be able to get a combined offer if your English language test score is very close to the English language requirement for your degree programme and you meet all the other conditions of your offer.

You will need to show proof of graduation before the PSE course start date in order to receive a combined offer.

Who you apply to for a combined offer depends on your postgraduate taught degree programme. Please email a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate to the relevant admissions team:

The admissions team will then decide if you are eligible for a combined offer.

Standalone offer

A standalone offer means that your PSE course is separate from your degree programme.

If you cannot show us proof of graduation before the start of the PSE course, you will need to apply for a PSE course via the standalone pathway.

If your IELTS English language test result (or IELTS equivalent) is Overall 5.0 or has any elements at 5.0 you can only apply for a PSE course on a standalone basis.

If you are an Undergraduate student or a PhD student, you can only apply for a standalone offer. The combined offer is not available for these programmes.

Secure English Language Test (SELT)

You are only eligible for the in-person option if you have a SELT (Secure English Language Test). Your certificate must be dated within two years of the PSE course start date.

If you do not have a SELT you can only study online. Please check this information about acceptable tests.

If you have a SELT but only wish to study online, you may do so.

Check which standalone PSE course you need and how to apply

English language requirement

Your offer letter tells you the English language requirements for your degree programme. You can also check the English language requirements on individual degree programme pages.

Current IELTS score or equivalent in accepted test Recommended course Dates Cost Apply
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10 week PSE (Standalone in-person course) 11 July 2022 £4,450 Applications are now closed
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10 week PSE (Standalone online course) 11 July 2022 £4,450 Applications are now closed
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5 week PSE (Standalone in-person course) 11 August 2022 £2,400 Applications are now closed
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5 week PSE (Standalone online course) 11 August 2022 £2,400 Applications are now closed

If you have taken a different English language test to IELTS, you can check its IELTS-equivalent. If your test is not listed, please email the Pre-sessional Team and we will advise you.

We close for applications four weeks before the start of the Pre-sessional course (10-Week, 13 June 2022 and 5-Week, 14 July 2022).

Student experience

Read what some of our students thought about our 2020 online PSE course:

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